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Ark. officials asks federal court to keep same-sex marriage ban in place

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

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California sees its first openly gay governor, if only for a few hours

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Toni Atkins is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  on May 12, 2014.
California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday as out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins fills in, briefly, while other state officials are traveling outside of California. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico...

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Ky. poll finds opposition to same-sex marriage lowest in 10 years

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Kentucky
Opposition to same-sex marriage in Kentucky has hit its lowest level since 2004 when voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Results from the latest Bluegrass Poll, released Tuesday, find that 50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and ...

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Colo. Supreme Court stops same-sex marriages in Boulder County

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Boulder-CO
DENVER -- Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk ...

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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Texas attorney general says same-sex marriage ban best supports children

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ricardo Brazziell, /Austin American-Statesman (AP)Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks with the media after casting his vote in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the views of ban opponents could be considered "rational."

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Crist promises Day 1 order banning LGBT discrimination in state agencies

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November. Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require ...

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Wyo. judge allows challenge to state’s same-sex marriage ban to go forward

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A state judge declined Tuesday to suspend a lawsuit contesting a Wyoming law that specifies marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Instead, Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell said at a hearing he will consider any additional facts in the case and in November will either rule on the law on the spot or allow the case to go ahead.

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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